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Good morning, girl! What can you tell me about bird feeders?

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Yes, bird feeders. 🙂

This is a little entirely off topic, but yesterday, before I got my hair cut, I swung by my local hardware store to pick up some gardening supplies and spent a long time in the bird feeder aisle.

I love hearing birds sing outside my window, and I bet a feeder would bring even more of them around. I could go with one of those small wire feeders that fit pre-molded seed bricks — they look like starter models. The cream of the crop feeders look like little wooden houses. Those are the sports cars of the bird feeding world, LOL!

Anywho, wasn’t this a great week for makeup and beauty? Three of the big brands kinda surprised me — MAC, YSL and China Glaze. Each of them brought their A games this time around.

Here’s a quick look back at some of my favorite posts of the week…

Hope you’re having a great Sunday so far! Let me know what you’re up to.

Tuesday Beauty Tips: Boosting Your Confidence

Tuesday Beauty Tips: Boosting Your Confidence“I know several cats (myself included) who are BIG fans. CBT techniques are based on the notion that behaviors and feelings stem from the ways in which you see yourself and your life. The five steps in the article can help you recognize, challenge and ultimately replace negative thoughts with more positive ones.”

How Adventurous Are You with Your Skin Care Routine?

How Adventurous Are You with Your Skin Care Routine?“It’s got a light beachy scent, and the little exfoliating scrubbies feel great. I think it’s a solid cleanser, too (hope it doesn’t break me out!). It made my face feel clean after I used it but not tight. Washing with it I got to thinking about skin care routines and how I don’t really have a rigorous long-term one.”

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pure Shine Sheer Lipstick in Pink Lychee Lasts but a Moment, yet Still Makes an Impression

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pure Shine Sheer Lipstick in Pink Lychee“Texture wise, Pink Lychee feels great, thanks to a hydrating formula similar to MAC Glaze Lipstick. It’s smooth, thin, feels light, and when I rub my lips together with it on they just glide back and forth — no resistance at all. Plus, I like the scent, which reminds me of Granny Smith apples, and added SPF 15. :)”

MAC Unsung Heroes: Woodwinked Eyeshadow Fakes a Good Night’s Sleep

MAC Unsung Heroes: Woodwinked Eyeshadow Fakes a Good Night's Sleep“MAC Woodwinked Eyeshadow ($14.50) rocks harder than Metallica. Like a beauty BFF, this shimmery shadow’s been with me through good times and bad. Brown in the pan, it applies like a lovely warm gold, and I find myself still reaching for it often because it’s one of those disbelief-suspending shades able to fake a good night’s sleep.”

Dior Addict Ultra Gloss: Smooth Texture, High Shine

Dior Addict Ultra Gloss: Smooth Texture, High Shine“They’re unscented but do have a mild brown sugar taste I don’t mind. As for how they feel — I mentioned that I didn’t detect any plumping, right? — the medium-weight thickness feels comfortable, non-sticky and smooth, and it makes them easy to wear. They also don’t creep past my natural lip line, either.”

YSL Blue Lagoon Mascara Aquaresistant: A Cure for the Blues?

YSL Blue Lagoon Mascara Aquaresistant: A Cure for the Blues?“Some tinted mascaras just don’t show up on my dark black lashes at all. Maybe they aren’t thick enough or don’t catch the light effectively, I don’t know, but Blue Lagoon practically SHOUTS! And then there’s the curl hold — Off. The. Hook. One coat tightly locks in the curl from my Shu Uemura Lash Curler.”

I’ve Got Bette Davis Eyes for These China Glaze Vintage Vixen Nail Lacquers for Fall 2010

China Glaze Vintage Vixen Nail Lacquers for Fall 2010“Sparkle’s a key player in this drama, as the entire cast of characters features some kind of light-catching finish, ranging from micro-glitters to frosts to shimmers. It’s been a recurring theme for China Glaze’s fall collections, with both of the previous two, Retro Diva and Rodeo Diva, doing something similar.”

MAC To The Beach: Breaking Waves and Hearts

MAC To The Beach: Breaking Waves and Hearts“If I close my eyes and picture the delicious greens and corals in the collection, I feel relaxed and happy; if I listen hard enough and breath deeply, I can almost hear waves breaking and smell the salty air. Can I just take a second to marvel at the packaging? We’re talking ’70s, but in the best possible way.”

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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  1. Nina says:

    So far ive gone for a walk and will hit the gym later. 🙂 Trying to be virtuous about fitness because we just have too many parties with awesome food to go to in the next few weeks.

    I cannot wait for the To the Beach collection! Love the products and the packaging! 🙂

    I dont have bird feeder but it would be cool to have one … maybe a midrange model which keeps the bird seed safe?

  2. melanie says:

    My grandparents have a bird feeder that attracts some of the most beautiful birds i’ve ever seen….its mounted on a wooden post with wire around the post to keep squirrels away, and i’m pretty sure he made the house out of some boards. Its actually shaped like a house, yes, a two-story house no less. Lol. But I have seen such beautiful birds….bluebirds, blood red cardinals, woodepeckers…of course we are in Michigan, I’m not sure what kind of birds you have around you =]. Good luck!

  3. Laura says:

    Ugh I tried to bring more birds around so my cat could watch them, but the little wire feeder (like the one you were talking about) didn’t work! 🙁 But maybe its because I can’t hang it on the tree outside the balcony lol (apartment rules =/)

    Butttt! I put out a tupperware thing with nuts and seeds on the balcony and I have successfully attracted many cute squirrels 🙂

  4. KarenW says:

    I hung up a hummingbird feeder last weekend outside our glass back door. I then discovered that an Anna’s hummingbird had built a nest in our tree not four feet away from the feeder. She thinks it’s the greatest thing ever. My cats think that I am a cruel, horrible person for not letting them outside to chase the hummingbirds. Tabs would probably think the same thing.

    On the plus side, watching the cats obsess over the hummingbirds is the best form of cheap entertainment I’ve found in a while.

  5. Katrina says:

    Hi Karen, I’ve been busy around the house today – cleaning and doing laundry and I was outside working in my flower beds – weeding and planting flowers. I have four bird feeders and a bird bath. I do live in Michigan and we’re known for our wildlife, especially here in the country. One feeder is a log cabin and I put a mixed seed in it, the other feeder is a finch feeder that hangs and you put finch feed in it, I do have a suet feeder (the cage thing that hangs and you put suet blocks in it), and then I have the hummingbird feeder that you put a sugar water solution in. I do also have a Baltimore Oriole feeder which is much like the hummingbird feeder, but bigger, but I still can’t get any orioles here. My mom lives down the road and has them though. My feeders seem to feed a wide range of birds and I’m happy with them.

  6. Marian says:

    I have several bird feeders and attract so many different birds. I actually have some hanging right above my windows and my 3 cats are always entertined by all of the birds. The birds become accustomed to the cats and aren’t at all afraid. I like a long, tubular feeder with lots of little perches, so that many birds can eat at the same time.
    I also place hummingbird feeders around and have had hummers at my house for many years. They come back every May. Hummingbird food is sugar water and there are recipes for the correct proportions on the internet. The mixture must be cooked to kill bacteria but it is well worth keeping the nectar to see them at my house throughout the summer.

  7. Glosslizard says:

    One of the best bird feeders I’ve seen is the bird sock (it should be available at the same stores as regular feeders)! It’s a long cloth bag that looks like a tube sock and you fill it full of seed (niger thistle seed is the best, but a songbird or finch mix is good too)! Then dozens of little finches and chickadees will perch on the sock and pull the seeds out, it’s amazing! My mom lives in Pacifica and has several kinds of birdfeeders, the socks are definitely the birds’ feeder of choice there!

  8. Wendy says:

    Birdfeeder sounds like fun – but would probably drives Tabs insane! LOL

  9. LouiseGray says:

    I do a combination bird/squirrel feeder. So far I have seen, other than the squirrels, blue jays, mourning doves, sparrows, cardinals, wrens, starlings, and an occasional wood pecker. I get my food at many places but the Home Depot and Loew’s also carries bird food. Don’t forget to give them a little fresh water, too. They love it. Louise

  10. Michele says:

    My family actually owns a wild bird store and sells all sorts of bird feeders and different kinds of feed. When choosing a feeder, it all really depends on what birds you want to attract. The problem with the suet cages is that they’re mostly for attracting woodpeckers and unless you live in a wooded area, you’re not likely to get them. My suggestion for you would just be a small tube type of feeder and put blackoil sunflower seeds in it. That should get you the largest variety of songbirds.

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